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(27-9) Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic (16-20)
Date: Friday January 06
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -6
NBA Betting Total: 222
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This matchup features a surging Houston team traveling to Orlando to face a scrappy Magic team.
Houston is on a 5 game winning streak while Orlando is 3-2 in their last 5.
The teams split the seasons series last year, in high scoring affairs as both games say each time go over 100 points.
Houston should be considered a contender in the west, as James Harden has clearly proven himself to be one of the best all around players in basketball this year.
Harden is still clearly an MVP candidate this year, putting up 28 points 8 rebounds and nearly 12 assists per contest.
After putting up an impressive triple double against the Knicks (53 points, 17 assists, 16 rebounds), James Harden became the first player in franchise history to get a triple double in 3 straight games.
In the win over the Wizards he shot just 6-24 from the field, but finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
I don’t see any reason why Harden’s excellent play will slow down against the Magic, who lack capable defenders on the outside.
Expect 30 points from Harden in this game.
Trevor Ariza put up efficient numbers in the Rockets win against Washington Monday night. He had 10 points 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.
He is a capable defender on the wing and should be matched up with sharpshooter Evan Fournier on the defensive end.
Trevor Ariza shouldn’t have any issues reaching double digit points and picking up a couple of steals.
Eric Gordon has provided an offensive spark for the Rockets bench recently, and put up a season high 31 points on 11-18 shooting against Washington.
The Magic will have a tough time slowing him down if he gets heavy minutes facing the 2nd unit, and I look for Gordon to get 20 points by the end of the 3rd.
Elfrid Payton is showing signs of improvement as a passer this season, and he tied his career high with 14 assists against the Knicks, who seem to lack any defensive presence on the perimeter.
Houston isn’t known for their stout defense under Mike Dantoni, so Payton should be able to put up a double double with the frenetic back and forth play of the Rockets.
Nikola Vucevic put up another double double against the Knicks, and is easily one of the best centers in the Eastern Conference.
The big man is averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds per game, and has a double double in his last two games.
I think he will be able to reach his season averages and if he gets off to a hot start against Houston he may put up 20 and 15.
Serge Ibaka has lived up to the steep price the Magic paid when trading for him from Oklahoma City.
While Oladipo has given OKC another athletic guard, Ibaka’s numbers have been great lately, as he has put up 10 points or more in 9 straight games.
Between Ibaka and Vucevic Orlando should see a lot of points in the paint.
NBA Betting Trends:
- HOU are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 Fri. games.
- Over is 8-2 in HOU last 10 road games.
- HOU are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 road games.
- ORL are 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 home games.
- Over is 7-3 in ORL last 10 home games.
- HOU are 2-11 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic NBA Prediction:
No one on the Magic can slow down James Harden.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Houston ATS
Expect the MVP candidate to lead Houston to an easy victory.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston 111 – Orlando 97
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